These are just a few of the articles that some of the students and professors wrote to send back to the Cable, the St. Scholastica school newspaper.


The Artisan's Markets of Cuernavaca
by Rachel

"Imagine a crowded crumbly street surrounded with both ancient and newage architecture painted in yellows, oranges, indigos, and violets. Imagine vendors of food and hand made products on both sides of you as far as the eye can see, the sounds of their voices rising above the din of the crowd and the smell of their food drifting and filling the area below the colorful tarps that hang above it all. This is just a glimpse into one of the artisan's markets of Cuernavaca, an experience that grasps and fills all five senses with an incredible portrayal of Mexican culture...." Click for more! (opens in Microsoft Word)


Student Reaction to Liberation Theology Speaker Gerardo Thijss
by Jay

"Gerardo Thijssen went to Chile as a priest 50 years ago to evangelize the poor. There he learned from the poor, through their faith and generosity, about a realized Christianity. He went on to help found Base Christian Communities and Liberation Theology. Liberation Theology analyzes social problems and structures and empowers people to act to alleviate the suffering of the poor. Last week Gerardo came to the CSS Semester in Mexico Program to talk with us about Liberation Theology. The following reactions are from reflection papers the students wrote....." Click for more!(opens in Microsoft Word)


The Classroom in Mexico
by Lauren

"The school bell is the pitter-patter of the last of the rain as you step out onto the bougainvillea-lined street. You greet the local guard with a warm, 'Buenos dias' and similarly the same ruffled street dog that hangs around your neighborhood. Continuing your walk down a broken-up street you look to your left down into a deep lush valley of green where the morning mist is rising slowly under the first long beams of sunshine. All is quiet except for the call of a bird which sounds like it belongs in the rainforest and the chatter of your classmates walking with you to school....." Click for more! (opens in Microsoft Word)


Learning about the Vision of the Zapatistas
by Caitlin

"After a three hour bus ride through the immense highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, another three hour ride in an open-aired truck across bridgeless streams and gravel roads, and then a three hour hike into the mountains across furious brown rivers, I reached a small patch of corn and coffee growing under the shade of taller trees. This modest sign of civilization marks the isolated community of Santa Catarina. Four years ago I made this journey and was transformed by what I saw...." Click for more! (opens in Microsoft Word)

Statements and Reflections from CSS Students

"One of the most eye-opening experiences I had in Cuernavaca took place after Caitlin and I gave a lesson in English in a community called La Estacion. Two of my little students invited me to their houses to meet their families and help them with their English homework. After we finished, it was starting to get dark, and I was a little worried about walking to the bus stop alone. The two precious girls walked me to the corner and pointed out the street where there are lots of drugs and also the best street to take at night for safety. Those two girls definitely have a wisdom and maturity that comes with living in an unpredictable place. It made me realize the many luxuries of my life in the States; I definitely take my security for granted."
by Tiffany

"I learned a lot through the QUEST International program, through the various speakers and trips we took. More amazing though, was the fact that I was able to make connections between the life I live back home to the lives being lived here in Mexico."
by Diane

"The experiences I've had are not separate theoretical things or facts that I revisit in books. Tlapa is not just something that I will remember every once and a while when I feel like it. It is ingrained in my heart and it will always be with me. My experiences are a part of the way I think and a part of the way I live. I am the things I've learned. I am the things that Mexico has taught me. It makes me nervous to think about just how much I've changed and how the ideas and experiences that are so vivid and meaningful for me are completely foreign to the majority of the people that mean the most to me."
by Steph